This program will enable you to earn an architectural degree and become a licensed architect. As an architect, you will be responsible for the planning, designing and oversight of the construction of a building. This degree leads to transfer, typically to the junior year of a professional program. This Pre-Architecture associate’s degree is appropriate if you plan to transfer to professional architecture programs. Program requirements may vary depending on the transfer institution, so you should consult with an advisor for elective selections.


Articulated Transfer Agreements

Recommended Transfer Patterns


High School Preparation


Contact Information

Jane Ostergaard, Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1048, (630) 942-2331

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor    
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Art, Communications and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2048


  • Spotlight: Matt Ziemer

    Matt ZiemerArchitecture

    I played with Legos and Lincoln Logs, but it was the Chicago skyline that first got me enthusiastic about architecture. COD provided me the skills and confidence to take my education to the next level. The Architecture program provides all the resources you could ask for and a greater degree of personal attention than I think you would find at most other schools. I really don’t think there’s a COD alternative. And if you do decide to enter the program, get ready for some long nights.

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  • Spotlight: Kristina Sutulaite

    Kristina SutulaiteArchitecture

    Now I have finished my journey at COD with much more than I imagined this school could offer me. Not only has my passion for Architecture reached new heights, but I learned time management, networking and problem solving skills that are going to carry me through the remainder of my education as well as professional and personal life.”

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  • Spotlight: Bill Smarzewski

    Bill SmarzewskiArchitecture

    The professors do such a great job of inspiring their students. My passion for architecture grew with each class I took. I would not be where I am today without the amazing program and educators at College of DuPage. They expose you to not just the pragmatic concerns of architecture but also the abstract theoretical concepts that allow us to innovate.

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  • Spotlight: Khushboo Shah

    Khushboo ShahPre-Architecture

    “Attending COD helped me to adjust to this country since I was able to take courses and live at home. Their one-on-one attention with each student and excitement for every project are really what motivated me to continue.”

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  • Spotlight: Julia Suriano

    Julia SurianoPre-Architecture

    "I have learned so much, not only about architecture but also about myself. COD pushed me to my limits, challenged me academically and allowed to me grow as a person."

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  • Spotlight: Kiel Fahnstrom

    Kiel FahnstromPre-Architecture

    "COD has strong relationships with various four-year universities within and outside of Illinois, which allows students to transfer into a four-year program and finish their Bachelor's of Architecture degree."

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  • Spotlight: Geunho Song

    Geunho SongPre-Architecture

    "I still think about the first conversation I had with Jane Ostergaard, which had me imagine my architectural career beyond COD. From that conversation, I basically knew where I was going to end up if I went through this program the right way."

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  • Spotlight: Carmine Calabria

    Carmine CalabriaPre-Architecture

    "I am very lucky to have landed in a program that offers so much. COD has a quality Architecture program taught by great professors who put much care into guiding students to success."

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  • Spotlight: Cherise Cerocke

    Cherise CerockePre-Architecture

    "I am so thankful College of DuPage offered architecture courses because they helped me know that architecture was the career path for me, without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars if I had taken these courses at a university."

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  • Spotlight: Habib Ansari

    Habib AnsariPre-Architecture

    "My dream is to have my own firm. I want to design efficient buildings and I am very interested in environmental sciences," Habib Ansari said. "But I also desire to educate as well. Thanks to College of DuPage, I am stronger as a student and as a person."

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  • Spotlight: Jess Lies

    Jess LiesPre-Architecture

    "COD offers knowledgeable professors, direct contact with professionals and four-year school representatives, and a family environment where you get to know your professors and your classmates on a personal level."

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